In a previous post, we passed along a report from Sherdog.com that AKA and the UFC had reopened discussions regarding the huge fallout which was first reported last night. It appears one result of those talks is that Jon Fitch is back with the UFC. According to MMA Rated, Fitch patched things up with Lorenzo Fertitta, not Dana White. Oh, and now Fitch says it was never even about the agreement, it was about Dana White’s approach.
After speaking with UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta via phone, Fitch said the two had managed to clear the air, that the fighter would sign the company’s much-maligned video game licensing agreement and was cleared to fight Akihiro Gono at UFC 94, as previously planned.
“Communication kind of broke down with Dana (White) so we talked with Lorenzo,” Fitch told MMARated. “(I) just got off the phone with him and we came to an agreement. We’re going to move ahead and I’ll be back in the UFC. We’re going to sign off on the video game and I’m back. It was never even about the agreement or the contract. It was the approach that we felt Dana was being a little bit hot-headed and was threatening us right off the bat. It didn’t seem like a professional way of doing things.”
While I’m certainly glad to hear Fitch is back with the UFC, I’m a little confused about what just happened here. Fitch spoke very passionately about his unwillingness to sign the agreement and how unfair it was to multiple reporters, and now it was never even about the agreement? Did Lorenzo agree to one of the “special contracts” that Fitch claimed Swick and so many others received? Or was it the same lifetime exclusive one that he just spent the last 18 hours telling everyone about? I don’t know, but something must have happened.
Anyways, back to what’s going on, The Wrestling Observer is reporting that Christian Wellisch has also been reinstated. Apparently, he was willing to sign everything, but just got caught in the UFC and AKA’s crossfire. Also, negotiations are still ongoing regarding the other fighters affected.